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NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS

For Immediate Release: October 18, 2010
Media Inquiries: Pat El-Hinnawy: 301-796-4763; patricia.el-hinnawy@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
 
FDA Issues Warning Letter to Wright County Egg
 
FDA is releasing a redacted copy of a warning letter sent on October 15, 2010 to Mr. Austin J. DeCoster, owner of Quality Egg LLC of Galt, Iowa.  Quality Egg LLC is one of two companies that recalled eggs in August 2010. Quality Egg LLC has not shipped eggs to the table market since the August recalls.
 
The warning letter identifies serious deviations from FDA’s regulation on the safety of shell eggs with respect to bio-security, rodent control and other measures.  The letter also finds that the eggs at Quality Egg LLC are adulterated because they have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions. 
 
The letter states: “Failure to take prompt corrective action may result in regulatory action being initiated by the Food and Drug Administration without further notice.  These actions include, but are not limited to, seizure and/or injunction.” 
 
The redacted warning letter is available online.
 
Information on the August egg recall is available at http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/WhatsNewinFood/ucm222684.htm
 
Additional information on food safety is available at http://www.foodsafety.gov/